The Guild maintains a library collection of over 3,000 items to support members in developing their interests and skills in the many elements of stitchery. The collection includes books, charts, magazines, CDs, videos, historical ephemera, reference items and teacher resources. As well as having excellent coverage of the many forms of embroidery, the collection includes related areas such as textile arts, lace making, patchwork and paper arts. The Library is managed by a team of enthusiastic volunteers who will be happy to help members to use the collection.

There is an ongoing buying program so that members have access to the latest books and magazines. While the library focusses on embroidery techniques and history, it also includes books and magazines on other crafts.

6 Responses to Library

  1. Fiona Spottiswood says:

    Hi there,
    Just wondering if you have a catologue of your library collection?

    We’re currently sorting through my Nanna’s (Thelma Jamieson, was long time member of Guild) embroidery book collection …and she would have wanted some to be added to the Guilds Library if you dont have them in your collection.

    • Gail H says:

      Hi Fiona
      Yes we do, but it’s not publicly available. The best thing to do would be to phone our office on 6262 8035 and leave a message with your number for a library team member to get back to you. If you want to get a real person the office is generally open Monday mornings, excluding Public Holidays.
      Sorry for the delay in replying.

  2. Joy McInerney says:

    I am a member of EGSouth Aust. and am looking for information about Hapsburg Lacework,( not the collection of laces held by the Hapsburg/Habsburg families of Europe). This technique is a lacey counted fine canvas work. It seems to have only a vague history, apparently arising in North America in the latter half of last century. At our library we have a pamphlet (1986) by Carol Costello & Jinelle Ibey and know that a second one is available. Tanja Berlin in Canada also sells kits. Our Tutors seem also stumped by the lack of info. Please can you help? Cheers Joy McInerney

    • Gail H says:

      Hi Joy
      So sorry for the delay in my reply. I will ask our own librarians and members next time I am in our rooms – the Library is just finishing a new cataloguing system, so I do wonder if we could come up with something. I hope I can get back to you soon.

  3. NOELENE KIDD says:

    Do you have a design guide for SEMCO Embroidery Design 364?
    I want to embroider 110×110 tablecloth with pansies, butterflies, and flowers. I do not know if the other flowers are bluebells or snowdrops or which stitches to use for them.
    The Design paper is missing.

    • Gail H says:

      Sorry, Noeline, but the Guild does not keep or supply any brand designs. If it’s an old design, I’m not sure what to suggest, so good luck, maybe a specialist embroidery supplier could help?

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